Introducing a new standard for the citation of research data

Publié le 9 mai 2018, par Thérèse Hameau

« The Identifiers Expert Group of the FORCE11 Data Citation Implementation Pilot (DCIP) has achieved a significant step toward the harmonization of identifier resolution standards for data citation in research articles.

Working with the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and the California Digital Library (CDL), they have established interoperability of compact identifiers and developed a global approach for the formal citation of research data in the life sciences. The approach and its development are described in an article published today in the journal Scientific Data, which has also announced its adoption of the standard.

The compact identifier creates an easy-to-read and easy-to-process citation system by combining a unique prefix for the individual archive with a locally assigned identifier ; it points to identical records through either EMBL-EBI or CDL’s resolving systems. For this system to work globally, EMBL-EBI and CDL established a namespace registry with an easy-to-use form for requesting new prefixes, and clear governance and maintenance rules to resolve all references to the right data collections. Systematic work in other DCIP Expert Groups has defined roadmaps for implementing data citation as a standard practice for Publishers and Data Repositories.


Harmonizing identifier resolution services is the main goal of the FORCE11 Identifiers Expert Group, which made its first priority to create links between the and N2T resolution services hosted by EMBL-EBI and CDL, respectively. [...]

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Uniform resolution of compact identifiers for biomedical data
Scientific Data volume 5, Article number : 180029 (2018)
Sarala M. Wimalaratne, Nick Juty, John Kunze, Greg Janée, Julie A. McMurry, Niall Beard, Rafael Jimenez, Jeffrey S. Grethe, Henning Hermjakob, Maryann E. Martone & Tim Clark

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